HAH! I THOUGHT OF IT AND YOU DIDN'T, OR IF YOU DID, I GOT COLUMN SPACE AND YOU DON'T! . . . Got instant reaction to random shootings? Don't? Try Dawn Turner Trice in today's Chi Trib, where it's a matter of "Want security? Treat mental illness."
"If we fail to discuss mental illness, its devastation and the lowly place it continues to occupy in our health-care system . . . we miss something huge," she says. Security remains "paramount," but we have to go preventative.
A doctor tells her 60 percent of children of depressed parents are going to battle depression "during their lifetime" but if identified they "may never become" ill. He's right, but so what? He didn't ask to be asked by Trice about it.
Did she talk about mental illness at tsunami time? Why not? Her response is typical instant expertizing by columnist, which should have instant penalty imposed by the American Society of Prevention of Stupidity by Columnists. A day's pay, minimum.
Better she talk about the tragedy of life, even its sweet mystery, and not the supposed "myth and mystery" in which mental illness is "still shrouded."
Docs have long wait lists, insurance is inadequate, Trice has her cause for the day -- mental illness and the inadequacies of the health system! She has bounced from shooter headlines to an issue!